You have to declare your revenues, regardless of whether or not you were paid in the United States. Your tax return is due by April 15th of each year for the previous year’s income. Failure to do so could cause problems for you in the future if you plan on returning to the US on a new visa.
As a foreign visitor receiving paid training on a J-1 visa, you are required to pay some (but not all) of the same taxes U.S. citizens pay. Roughly 10% to 15% of your salary will be withheld for federal income tax. Some states and cities also charge income tax, which would could be an additional 5% to 8%. While your host organization should withhold the correct taxes, it is wise to review your first paycheck to make sure there are no errors and the tax withholding is correct.
As an international exchange visitor, you will most probably be eligible to claim a refund for a portion of the taxes you have paid.
We have pre-enrolled you with our partner, Taxback. You are absolutely not committed to using their paid services and can use other tax filing services or file your own returns.
Should you choose to complete the tax returns yourself, you will need the following forms:
- W-2 Form – This is sent by your Host Company and details the total wages and the amount of each tax that was withheld.
- 1040NR-EZ Form – This form is specifically for non-resident aliens. It can be obtained, together with instructions for filling it out, on the Internal Revenue Service website : 1040NR Form.
- State Income Tax Form – These forms differ for each of the 50 states in the U.S., and you will need to complete the form for the state(s) in which you trained. A list of state tax sites is available on the general IRS website.
- Local Income Tax form – These taxes will only be withheld in certain cities. Check with your Host Company about local statutory requirements and, if relevant, where to locate the necessary forms.
Unpaid participants and J-2 dependents must file tax Form 8843.
Get a free estimation of your refund from Tapback: Tax refund calculator